Friday, February 8, 2008

The unintellectual approach to crime control

The link below is to a piece by ABC's 20/20 reporter John Stossel about the futility of trying to control crime by controlling access to guns by law-abiding folks.

It boggles my mind that there are still otherwise intelligent people out there who insist that no one but the police should have guns. Look, I wish we could all hold hands and sing Kumbaya and progress as a species towards a better tomorrow, but that ain't the real world. Times occur in life, thankfully realtively rare, when a person minding their own beeswax has their space intruded upon by one or more bad guys intent upon doing evil. If a cop happens to be within shouting distance, great, hail them over and let them take care of the situation. Just in case one isn't immediately available, however, the impending victim had better have a way of defending/extracating him/herself from the scenario. A firearm in capable, i.e. trained, hands is THE best way of protecting oneself when criminals come calling. It's a force multiplier that puts a lone or weaker individual on a more equal footing with what's likely to be one, or more, younger, stronger thugs.

One part of the video I'd like you to pay particular attention to is when it's stated that many of the horrific incidents of mass murder we've witnessed have been in so-called "gun-free zones." I guess the murderers that operated at will in those zones for many crucial minutes before help arrived--help being good people with, get this, guns(!)--must have missed the admonishment to enter sans firearms. Or maybe they chose that particular place because they knew they'd have many defenseless victims and no armed opposition. Somehow, I believe the latter scenario is the more likely.

Here's a somewhat humorous sketch illustrating why criminals love gun control.

Finally, the following link depicts, via outright absurdity, the pipe dream of controlling crime through gun control.

Take care.

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